Working with Employee Assistance Programs to Increase Access to Recovery

Monday, December 16th, 2013


Phoenix House's John Tassoni and Fred Trapassi welcome guests to Phoenix HouseExeter Center for lunch and a tour of the Walsh Detoxification Unit.

Phoenix House’s John Tassoni and Fred Trapassi welcome guests to our Phoenix House Exeter Center for lunch and a tour of the Walsh Detoxification Unit.

On Friday, November 15, the Walsh Detoxification Unit at Phoenix House Exeter Center welcomed representatives of a number of employee assistance programs (EAPs) from Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  Guests toured the Walsh Detoxification Unit and were treated to a catered lunch in the Chester H. Kirk Gymnasium.

Employee Assistance Programs are an important benefit offered by many organizations throughout the country, with the goal of helping employees deal with personal problems that could negatively impact their job performance, health, and family.  Psychological services and substance abuse counseling are just two of the benefits that EAPs may provide. While originally designed to improve workplace performance, EAPs have evolved to help with a number of issues outside the workplace, including day care for children and elder care for aging parents.

Phoenix House New England partners with the Employee Assistance Programs of a number of organizations throughout the region, providing substance use and behavioral health care to their staff.  At the same time, Phoenix House’s Life Assistance Program provides EAP services to our own employees, including help with parenting, education, financial or legal problems, and emotional support.

The Walsh Unit, named in memory of David Walsh, a long-time recovery advocate and staunch friend of Phoenix House, is a 20-bed program accepting most insurance plans as well as self-paying clients.  Comfortable accommodations include semi-private bedrooms, well-appointed living rooms, and access to a fully equipped gymnasium on campus. The Walsh Unit’s services are complemented by RESPECT (Recovery-oriented, Empathic Services Proactively Empowering Consumers in Treatment), an innovative detoxification initiative funded through the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals.  Both RESPECT and the Walsh Unit are committed to providing safe withdrawal from substances including alcohol and opiates such as OxyContin.

By making our detoxification and treatment services better known to employee assistance programs and their users, Phoenix House aims to make treatment accessible to the maximum number of individuals in need throughout New England.  Phoenix House offers a full spectrum of recovery services in Rhode Island, including residential treatment for adult men and women, provided in Exeter and Providence respectively; residential treatment with individualized academic tutoring for adolescents in Pascoag; outpatient services located in Providence, Wakefield and Westerly, for those requiring a less intensive level of treatment; and recovery housing in locations throughout the state, for men and women in the vulnerable early stages of recovery.

If someone you love is struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, call Phoenix House today at 1 888 671 9392.  Help is just a phone call away.


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